Mac Internet Security Reviews & Prices

Historically, the Apple Mac has been known to be one of the safest and most secure operating systems when it comes to viruses and malware. But times have changed and Macs are becoming more and more susceptible to a wide range of malicious software. Luckily, the new threats to Macs have also spawned new security software specifically designed for the Mac. Below, we review the top Mac security software suites based on protection, price, performance and ease of use. Check out the reviews to find a security software suite that fits you and gives your Mac the protection it needs.

Mac Internet Security Reviews & Prices

Updated 10-17-2014

Service Name & Rating: Price: Ease of Use: Special Features: Anti-malware/Antivirus Score*: System Performance Score**: Bottom Line:
Norton Internet Security 5 for Mac$49.99/yr for 1 MacDifferent interfaces for each tool make it a little confusing, but each is sleek and easy to useFirewall, automatic protection, location awareness, antiphishing technology, Safe Web for Facebook, Safe Search, File GuardFar and away the best security software for the Mac. Full of features and protections other suites don't offer.
Trend Micro Internet Security for Mac$29.95/yr for 1 Mac or $74.95/yr for up to 5 devicesClean, simple interface is easy to usePrivacy scanner; browser toolbar; website filter; web threat protection; smart scanEasy to use with quick performance and a number of useful tools, but frequent notifications can be irritating
ESET Cybersecurity for Mac$39.99/yr for 1 Mac

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Minimal interface makes it easy to understand; installation is a breezeScan scheduler, quarantine area, drag-and-drop scanSolid protection for your Mac that runs quietly in the background, doesn't slow performance
McAfee All Access Multi-Device Internet Security 2015 (Mac)$49.99/yr for up to 5 devicesVery simple and easy to understand; most intuitive interfaceQuarantine area, scan options, SiteAdvisor safe search plugin for FirefoxOffers standard, reliable security for your Mac with a simple, easy interface; SafeKey password manager included; offers few features
BitDefender Antivirus for Mac$39.95/yr for 1 Mac

$49.95/yr for up to 3 Macs
Simple, easy-to-use interfaceWide range of scans; web browser protectionSolid security with a simple interface but few features and slow performance are frustrating
Service Name & Rating: Price: Ease of Use: Special Features: Anti-malware/Antivirus Score*: System Performance Score**: Bottom Line:
Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac$39.95/yr for 1 Mac or $69.96/yr for up to 5 devices

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Sleek design with simple navigationQuarantine; Secure browser keyboard; URL advisor; Parental control
A solid choice for reliable protection with a sleek interface, but performance problems drag it down
Avast! Antivirus for Macs 2012FreeCompared to its PC version, the interface is pretty plain, but easy to understand. Mail Shield and Web Shield (which don't work for all computers); WebRep; drag-and-drop scanFor a free software suite, it has a lot of protection capabilities, but system glitches and poor performance hurt its overall score

*Averaged 2010/2011 scores for each company's antivirus/anti-malware product by independent testing agency AV-Comparatives. Score indicates overall effectiveness in a variety of tests over time. † indicates that company did not take part in all tests. See reviews for details.

**Score indicates impact of antivirus product on system performance. Average of performance tests by AV-Comparatives.


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